Plymouth firm plays huge part in nationwide recycling project


Oltco Plymouth, the leading sustainable resin bound driveway company, led by Ben Ure, has recently played its part in recycling the equivalent of over 122 million plastic straws in driveways up and down the country.

Working across Plymouth, Yelverton, Gunnislake, Lifton, Princetown, Ivybridge and the surrounding towns and villages, Oltco Plymouth has partnered with local businesses, such as The Mussel Inn where 576,000 plastic straws were recycled.

Using its innovative and award-winning Recycle Bound solution, Oltco Plymouth has been committed towards tackling the issue of plastic waste and has played an integral role in Recycle Bound’s success story which is being used not only for domestic projects, but also at some of the UK’s leading hotels and attractions.

Created in 2019 as a unique solution to help tackle the issue of plastic waste, Recycle Bound is made utilising waste plastic (straws, plastic drink bottles and food packaging) from a plastic recycling point, where it is sorted and then crushed into a more manageable size. This is then granulated and mixed with Oltco’s resin blend to create the innovative product.

Each square metre of Recycle Bound consists of the equivalent of 3,000 plastic straws. Therefore, if Recycle Bound was laid on a standard 50 sq m drive, the equivalent of 150,000 plastic straws would be recycled in the process.

Although mainly used on driveways, paths and patios for the domestic market, Recycle Bound has also been used on larger commercial projects such as the Eden Project and the location of the G7 Summit, Carbis Bay Hotel. To date, Oltco has recycled the equivalent of 882,000 plastic straws at the Eden Project.

Oltco was inspired to develop the product as they had grown increasingly concerned about the devastating environmental impact plastic waste was having on the planet. Since it launched, Recycle Bound has seen a resounding success winning accolades including being named runner up for ‘Recycled Product of the Year’ in the National Recycling Awards.

Oltco Plymouth’s Ben Ure said: “Recycle Bound has been incredibly successful and we are grateful for all the individuals and local businesses in Plymouth that have come on board. We have installed multiple Recycle Bound installations across the area and I’m so proud that I can offer this amazing product to my customers.”

Find out more about Oltco here.

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